Mary (Marie) Gushanas
Family Matriarch

Mary (Marie) Gushanas, 87, formerly of Sugar Notch, died Jan. 9, 2017, at Little Flower Manor, Wilkes-Barre, with her loving daughter at her bedside.

Mary was born in Wilkes-Barre on June 4, 1929, a daughter to the late Issac and Mary Conway Gallagher. She was a graduate of Sugar Notch High School and was a member of St. Nicholas Church, Wilkes-Barre.

Mary was the matriarch of the family and made every holiday special for her family. Mary was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a beautiful person who could always be seen with a smile on her face.

She had been preceded in death by her husband, George T. Gushanas, in 2005; by her daughter, Maureen Gushanas; brothers, Thomas, James, John and Joseph Gallagher; and grandchild, George Gushanas Jr. Surviving are a son, George Gushanas and his wife, Patricia, Sweet Valley; daughters, Donna Novak, Forty Fort; Georgine Fink, Cincinnati, Ohio; Carol Gushanas and her partner, Debra Popovich, Pringle; and Rosemary Slavinski and her husband, George, Mountain Top; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters, Jean Stiles, Souderton; Eileen Phillips, Sugar Notch; and Nancy Smith and her husband, Donald, Mountain Top; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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